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Man charged in 3 shooting deaths in Kansas City

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 3, 2014 at 5:33 pm •  Published: September 3, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A tip from an "average citizen" led to the end of a frantic manhunt and the filing of more than a dozen felony charges for a 34-year-old convicted felon with a history of violence.

Prosecutors charged Brandon B. Howell on Wednesday, one day after police say he fatally shot three people and critically wounded two others in quiet south Kansas City neighborhood. Eleven hours after the shooting, police found Howell walking along Interstate 29 near midnight with a loaded .12-gauge shotgun down his pants.

Howell faces 12 felony charges in Jackson County, including three counts of first-degree murder, for the shooting deaths of Alice Hurst, 88; her son, Darrel Hurst, 63; and Susan Choucroun, 69. He also is accused of severely beating George and Anna Taylor, who remained in critical condition at a local hospital Wednesday, Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said.

He was also charged in Platte County with burglary, three counts of assault and other offenses related to three assaults at a Motel 6 in north Kansas City about two hours after the shootings.

The shootings appeared to be random, Peters Baker said.

Kansas City police responded to a 911 call from Anna Taylor at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday. Officers found Choucroun's body in the driveway of one of the homes in this tidy, middle-class cul-de-sac lined with duplexes. The Taylors were next door in their basement suffering from critical injuries, and a few houses away, the Hursts' bodies lay in the front yard.

Witnesses told police they heard several shots and saw a beige Toyota Highlander stop in front of Choucroun's home and a man get out carrying a long gun, the probable cause statement said. Prosecutors said the man shot the woman, got back into the Toyota and drove away.

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